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Deborah L. Russell, M.D.

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Gynecology

What To Expect If You Have An Abnormal Pap Smear

The first thing you should know if you have an abnormal Pap smear is not to panic. There are many possible causes for an abnormal result, and most of them are not something to get concerned about immediately. If it does happen, here is what to expect if you have an abnormal Pap smear.  » Read more about: What To Expect If You Have An Abnormal Pap Smear  »


Choosing A Contraceptive Method That’s Right For You

85% of women who have unprotected sex, even occasionally, get pregnant within a year. Those odds are not in your favor if you’re not ready to have a child. Choosing a contraceptive method that’s right for you can involve some due diligence and clear thinking.  » Read more about: Choosing A Contraceptive Method That’s Right For You  »


What Is Causing My Female Pelvic Pain?

“What is causing my pelvic pain?” is a refrain we hear quite frequently at our office in Saginaw, MI. It can be an issue with the digestive, urinary, or reproductive system, and finding out the primary cause is the only way to reduce or eliminate the symptoms.  » Read more about: What Is Causing My Female Pelvic Pain?  »


An Annual Well Woman Exam Is Important At Any Stage Of Womanhood

An annual well woman exam is important at any stage of womanhood. Women who are twenty-somethings and women who are post menopausal plus everyone in between can benefit from a well woman exam. It’s a great way to know that you are healthy, you are preventing any issues, plus it is covered by most insurance.  » Read more about: An Annual Well Woman Exam Is Important At Any Stage Of Womanhood  »


6 Signs You May Have Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a confusing condition with various symptoms, no symptoms, or severe symptoms. It’s not always easy to diagnose, leaving many women to suffer with pelvic pain and other unpleasant symptoms for years. Here are six signs you may have endometriosis.  » Read more about: 6 Signs You May Have Endometriosis  »


When To Schedule Your First Gynecological Visit

For parents of adolescent girls, or if you are a young teenager yourself, you may wonder about when to schedule a first gynecological visit. You may be surprised by the answer including both when and why.  » Read more about: When To Schedule Your First Gynecological Visit  »


Sensitive Topics Worth Mentioning To Your OBGYN

Most of us are wary of looking stupid or asking stupid questions, but at your OBGYN, there is no such thing as a “stupid” question or subject. Trust us, we have heard it all. So squelch that feeling, and ask us whatever you want. That’s why we’re here. Here are just some sensitive topics worth mentioning to your OBGYN.  » Read more about: Sensitive Topics Worth Mentioning To Your OBGYN  »


Serious Conditions That Are Often Mistaken For PMS

Premenstrual syndrome or PMS describes a variety of symptoms that occur a week or so before the onset of a woman’s period. Many women have tender breasts, become moody or irritable, and experience bloating and a number of other symptoms to some degree. Any symptom of PMS can vary from mild to severe and women may think they are all normal. This is not necessarily true because there are some serious conditions that are often mistaken for PMS.  » Read more about: Serious Conditions That Are Often Mistaken For PMS  »


When Should You See Dr. Russell About A Heavy Period?

Heavy bleeding during your period is sometimes known medically as menorrhagia. Although every woman is different and menstrual cycles can vary, when should you see Dr. Deborah Russell about a heavy period?  » Read more about: When Should You See Dr. Russell About A Heavy Period?  »


Does Menopause Cause Urinary Incontinence?

Although women can experience urinary incontinence (UI) during their life, the frequency of UI tends to occur more often when you get older. This loss of bladder control stems from hormonal changes that affect muscle strength in your pelvic area. Women who are pregnant, giving birth, or going through menopause are all likely to have urinary incontinence. So, does menopause cause urinary incontinence? It is a contributing factor, but there is more to it.  » Read more about: Does Menopause Cause Urinary Incontinence?  »